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Jan. 8, 1963
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United States Patent Oiiîce
t-aneously supported at the front surface of its objective
and the front wall of the camera body.
According to a further embodiment of the invention,
the bracket-like seat members are supported from be
low. This can be done by walls arranged perpendicu
larly to the bottom of the carrying case. These walls
Patented Jan. 8, 1963
Bernhard von Buchholtz, Braunschweig, Oskar Fischer,
Volkmarode, Kurt Grotrian, Konigslutter, Hans Kirch
hof and Karl Mildner, Braunschweig, and Erich Mann,
Wolfsburg, Germany, assignors to Voígtlander A.G.,
can be at the same time outer walls of the carrying case
Braunschweig, Germany, a corporation of Germany
Filed Sept. 9, 1959, Ser. No. 838,956
so that the latter has an approximately T-shaped design
in front view.
Claims priority, application Germany Apr. 21, 1959
However, it is also possible to form the outer Walls
1 Claim. (Cl. 150-52)
of the carrying case rectilinearly. Such outer walls
This invention relates to carrying cases and it has
may extend from the greatest width of the inserted
vparticular relation to carrying cases to photographic
camera perpendicularly or inclined relative to the bottom
cameras having an objective projecting from the camera
surface of the carrying case, whereby' these outer walls,
and the supporting walls provided for the bracket-like
Such carrying cases are used for keeping photographic 15 supporta-enclose storage spaces for accessories of the
lcameras >and accessory parts.
The camera must be
camera and the objective. The bracket-like supports
removed from the case `for picture taking.
_It .has been known to keep. photographic Vcameras
may be at the same time. folding covers for such storage
in a cover which encloses the camera body and is pro
.vided with a carrying strap or chain. After removal
of the camera from the carrying case or cover, the
camera can be carried by means of the Strap or chain
fastened to such cover so that, in addition to the slung
carrying case, the operator also has the camera avail
able for picture taking.
It is of advantage to provide recesses in the carrying
case, through which an additional carrying strap, or
>the like, connected with the camera, can be passed from
the closed carrying case. The operator can then sling
-the conventional strap fastened to the carrying case
2.5 and also the carrying strap or chain 4fastened to the
camera. After removal of the camera from the carry
ing case, the case and the camera are separately sus
In a known type of prior art carrying case, the case
is provided not only with a hinged cover but also with
pended without the necessity of any further step. The
lhinged walls which may be partially or completely
strap connected with the camera can be fastened directly
opened to expose the camera. In this type of carry 30 to the camera body. However, this strap can be also
`ing case, the camera is fixed in a separate holding means
fastened to a cover which partially encloses the camera
"from which it must be removed, after opening of the
body and is iixedly connected with the camera, c_g.
cover and side walls of the carrying case, before the
by means of a tripod screw.
Ycamera can be slung. With this type of carrying case,
It is also of advantage to arrange elastic shìms on
therefore, a number of steps must be taken before the 35 the inner surface of the carrying case cover. In the
camera is ready Ifor picture taking.
closed position of the cover, these shirns engage the
The main object of the present invention is to limit
rear wall of the camera, whereby the >camera is elasti
such manipulations to a minimum and to simplify them
cally fixed between the cover and its supporting surfaces
by a novel structure of the carrying case.
For an uu
defrstanding ofthe principles of the invention, reference
is made to the following description> of a typical em
bodiment thereof as illustrated in the accompanying
on the objective or on the front wall of the camera
Furthermore, the outer surface of the carrying case
can be provided with fastening means, e.g. with snaps
for an accessory case to be’ fastened to the carrying
According to the present invention, the cameraY is
case. In such an accessory case, accessory parts, such
kept and supported in the case with its objective sus 45 vas a foldable -sun shield, for which there is no space
pended in downward direction. Thus, the camera kept
in the carrying case,` can be housed.
in the case has its axis of the picture taking objective
In the appended drawings
»normal to the bottom surface of _ the case. 4This has
FIG. 1 illustrates theclosed carrying case in front
particular advantages if the camera has a picture taking
elevation view;
`objective of large over-al1 length, e.g.van objective of
`FIG. 2 shows ythe carrying case in side elevation
variable focal length. If such a camera is carried by
means of a strap or chain fastened to the camera body,
FIG. 3 is a top plan view of the closed carrying case;
the camera has a tendency to assume aY position in which
FIG. 4 is a vertical sectional view of the carrying
the axis of the objective extends downwardly. Thus,
'case on lan enlarged scale in comparison with FIGS'.
the arrangement of the camera in the carrying case 55
FIG.y 5 is a top plan view of the open carrying case.
'corresponds to this natural position of the camera, so
Referring now to the drawings in detail, the body
that, upon inserting the camera in the case, the position
of the carrying case is denoted 1 and the foldable
cover is denoted 2. This cover 2 is held in closed posi
60 tion on body 1`by a lock 3. A canrying strap 4 Vis
once in its natural position.
fastened to body 1.
The camera inserted in the carrying case according
As can -be best seen in FIGS. 4 and 5, the carrying
to the invention can be supported at the front surface
case forms a container for the photographic camera 5,
of the objective mount by a preferably elastic seat mem
which is ñxed in conventional manner` in >a casing 6 to
ber arranged on the bottom of the camera. Or, the
case may be provided with bracket-like seat member or 65 which a carrying strap 7 is fastened. In the body 1 of
the carrying case, two partitions 8 and 9 are arranged,
supports for the front wall of the camera casing, which
extend about parallel to the bottom surface :10
are arranged spaced from the camera cover at a distance _
of body 1. Partitions 8 and 9 form supports for »the
approximately corresponding to the thickness of the
camera 5 placed in the carrying case 1, 2 and the camera
camera and extend in horizontal direction. Of course, 70 5 lies with the front wall of the camera casing, or with
by a suitable selection ofthe ‘distance of these members
the casing .6 covering said wall, against partitions 8
or supports lfrom each other, the camera can be simul
and 9. Two -shim members 11 (see FIG. 4) of elastic
of the camera does not have to be changed. Further
more, after removal from the case, the camera is at
material lie-when cover 2 is in closed position
bottom 10, FIGS. 3 and 5 clearly show the trapezoidal
against the rear wall of the camera casing, or against
outline of the case, in which the shorter of the two
the parts of case 6 which cover said wall, so that the
camera is in elastically fixed position between cover 2
and partitions 8 and 9.
It can be also seen ñrorn'FIGS. 4 and 5, that the addi
sides, i.e. side 23 (FIG. 3) has a length which approxi
mately corresponds to the overall width of camera 5
verging sides has a rounded design.
tional carrying strap 7 fastened to the case 6 is passed
from body 1 through recesses 12 (see also FIG. 2)
It will -be understood from the kabove that this in
vention is not limited to the specific parts, elements,
designs land other details specifically described above
which are provided in the side walls of body 1.
and the transition to the parallel side and the two con
can be best seen in FIG. 2, the recesses 12 open through 10 and illustrated in the drawings and can be carried out
with various modiñcations Without departing from the
the upper edges `of the side walls so that carrying strap
scope of the invention as defined in the appended claim.
7 can be easily and conveniently passed through them.
What is claimed is:
The operator can thus suspended the camera by both
A_ carrying case, for photographic cameras having
carrying straps `4 and 7. Strap 4, Which‘is fastened to
carrying case 1, is preferably 4somewhat shorter than 15 relatively elongated objectives vextending from a front
wall thereof, and arranged to support a camera with
strap 7 so that it carries the carrying case 1, 2 and
the objective thereof- pointed downwardly when the
the camera 5 inserted therein. After opening cover _2,
carrying case is suspended from a carrying strap or the
the camera 5 can be easily and quickly removed from
like, said carrying case comprising a bottom wall, side
carrying case 1, 2 by means of strap 7. As the operator
has then `already slung strap 7, the camera will be, after 20 walls extending upwardly from the bottom wall, anda
top wall designed as a hinged lid;V a first carrying strap
proper orientation, ready for picture taking. The
camera 5 and the Vcarrying case 1, 2 can now be carried
separately on straps 7 and 4, respectively.
for suspending said case, said strap having opposite
ends secured to opposed points on the upper portions
of said side Walls so as normally to extend substantially
`It can be seen from FIG. 4 that the objective :13
inserted in camera’ 5 has a large overall length. It 25 perpendicular to said bottom wall; means forming‘a
pair of supporting partitions extending in vopposed rela
may be a teleobjective or an objective having adjust
tion from the side walls substantially parallel to said
bottom wall with their inner ends in spaced relation
and with their upper surfaces spaced from said bottom
on strap 7 only. The arrangement of the camera in 30 wall by a distancesuch that, when the front Wall of
the camera, from which an objective projects, rests
carrying case 1, 2, corresponds to this tendency.
on said upper surfaces with the objective extending down
The partitions 8 and 9 are not rigidly fastened in body
wardly between the facing inner ends of said supporting
1 and they form hinged covers for two containers 14
partitions, the outer end ofthe objective will substantially
and 15, which extend on both sides of the objective 13
and serve for keeping accessory parts, e."g. filters, front 35 engage said bottom wall and the front wall of the camera
will engage said supporting partitions; a casing foren
lens attachments and any desired other parts. The
closing a camera exclusive yof the objective; and a second
-axis, about which the partitions 8 and 9 can be swung,
carrying strap for `suspending said casing, s-aidl second
is indicated in FIG. 5 by a dot-dash line 16. These
able focal length. Therefore, the camera 5 provided
with this objective 13` has the tendency to point with
its optical axis in downwarddirection when suspended
vcarrying strap having opposite ends secured to opposed
containers 14 and 15 are separated `from the inner space
of body 1 by walls 17 and 18 and they are subdivided 40 points on said casingadjacent said opposed points on
by partitions :19, 20. Openings 21, 21' provided in walls
17 and 18 `facilitate access to accessory parts placed in
containers 14 and 15.
said side walls; said second carrying strap Vextending
through opposed upwardly opening recesses in said side
walls to extend substantially parallel to said first carry
ing strap, whereby -both carrying straps may be swung
and 9, which form supports for the camera 5, are braced 45 over at the same time; whereby, when said hinged lid top
wall is opened, said second strap may be pulled `free from
against the bottom of the carrying case.
said recesses and said casing may be withdrawn up
On the inner side of bottom Wall 10, an elastic cushion
By means of walls 17, 1'8, 19 and 20, partitions 8
22 is placed, against which the front surface of objective
wardly fromsaid carrying case.
mount 13` may lie, so that the camera can have a
resiliently cushioned support in carrying case 1 also at 50
this place.
References Cited inthe file of this patent
As shown in FIGS. 1-3, in the rear wall 23 of body
Bourne ____________ __ May 9,1922
Hawkins _____________ __Sept. 5, 1933
slide-fastenerf27,` serves, for example, for housing a
wicker ______________ __ July 21, 1942
McNabb ____________ __ oet. 6, 1942
foldable sun shield.
If desired, accessory` case 26 can
be fixedly connected to the carrying case and the snap
Kontor ____________ -„ oct. 12,1954
, 812,150
Germany ___; ________ _Q. Aug.’ 27, 1951
1, parts 24 of snap means are provided in which an
accessory case 26 can be fastened by means of snap
buttons 25. This case 26, which can be closed by> a 55
means 24, 25 can then be omitted.
While it can Abe seen from FIGS. 1 and 4 that the 60
side walls of body 1 converge from cover- 2 toward
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